Fantasy baseball players in the news

by KFFL Staff on May 30, 2013 @ 08:42:59 PDT


First Baseman

1B | Ike Davis | New York Mets | Fantasy
New York Mets 1B Ike Davis and SS Ruben Tejada met with the coaching staff before the game Wednesday, May 29, and were informed that they were both on the verge of being demoted to the minors. "There are guys who play very well when they're comfortable, and then maybe there's those guys who play a little more aggressively when they're standing on the edge. We'll find out," manager Terry Collins said. Davis entered the day hitting only .152 with four homers and 11 RBIs, and Tejada was hitting .209 with no homers and 10 RBIs. Tejada has also committed eight errors at shortstop, which is the most in the league at that position.

1B | Mark Teixeira | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees 1B Mark Teixeira (wrist) and 3B Kevin Youkilis (back) both appear healthy and ready to return from the disabled list Friday, May 31. Both players will first rehab with Double-A Trenton for two games this week before rejoining the Yankees, though. Teixeira went hitless with a walk Wednesday and Youkilis went hitless with a walk, as well. Teixeira has been pain-free in his rehab but admitted that he's further along from the right side of the plate than the left.

1B | Clint Robinson | Toronto Blue Jays | Transaction
The Toronto Blue Jays designated 1B Clint Robinson for assignment Wednesday, May 29.

Second Baseman

2B | Logan Forsythe | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy
San Diego Padres 2B Logan Forsythe (foot) started a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson Wednesday, May 29.

2B | Aaron Hill | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said Wednesday, May 29, that he is hopeful 2B Aaron Hill (hand) will be able to hit soon. "He did strength and exercise today and that went fine," Gibson said. "Hopefully he'll start hitting by the end of the weekend. He'll just progress from there." Gibson added that he expects Hill to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before he returns, and that "could be a ways off."

2B | Dustin Pedroia | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell thinks 2B Dustin Pedroia (thumb) is 100 percent recovered from his thumb injury that he suffered on Opening Day this year. He sustained a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb while sliding head first into first base. Pedroia has started all 53 games for the team this year and is hitting .332 on the year. In his last 22 games, he has a slash line of .384/.459/.581 with eight doubles and three home runs.

2B | Gordon Beckham | Chicago White Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Chicago White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham (wrist) will play for Triple-A Charlotte Thursday, May 30, but he's not expect to return from the disabled list until the following week.

2B | Chase Utley | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy
Philadelphia Phillies 2B Chase Utley (oblique) is recovering very slowly from his strained right oblique and is unlikely to return when eligible from the disabled list in 15 days. However, the team is stating that Utley hasn't suffered a setback in his recovery. Utley worked out Tuesday, May 28. "It's just tricky, so we have to be real careful and cautious," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. "I still think he feels tenderness in there, so we've got to be careful to not let it get to the point where it becomes more of an injury."

2B | Ian Kinsler | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Ian Kinsler (rib cage) will be out another two weeks with a stress reaction in his rib cage.

2B | Ryan Flaherty | Baltimore Orioles | Transaction, Fantasy
The Baltimore Orioles recalled 2B Ryan Flaherty from Triple-A Norfolk Wednesday, May 29, and optioned INF Yamaico Navarro to Norfolk in a corresponding move.


SS | Ruben Tejada | New York Mets | Injury, Transaction
New York Mets SS Ruben Tejada (quadriceps) was placed on the 15-day disabled list. INF Omar Quintanilla was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo.

SS | Hanley Ramirez | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Updating a previous report, Los Angeles Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez (hamstring) is scheduled to begin a minor-league rehab assignment Friday, May 31, with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. Ramirez is expected to need at least four games before returning from the 15-day disabled list.

SS | Derek Jeter | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter (ankle) played catch during batting practice Wednesday, May 29, for the first time since having his walking boot removed from his left foot last week. "I just started throwing today. I've got another test in the next week and a half, and after that I'll know (more)," Jeter said. "I can't run, I can't do anything like that until the next test. We'll wait to see what happens." Jeter's arm was feeling good and he hasn't had much pain or stiffness in his ankle.

SS | Jonathan Schoop | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy
Baltimore Orioles 2B Jonathan Schoop's (back) second opinion showed a stress fracture in his lower back, but the team is optimistic that he can rest for four weeks and play in about five or six weeks.

SS | Nick Green | Miami Marlins | Transaction
The Miami Marlins recalled INF Ed Lucas from Triple-A New Orleans Wednesday, May 29, and designated 2B Nick Green for assignment in a corresponding move.

SS | Leury Garcia | Texas Rangers | Fantasy
Texas Rangers 2B Jurickson Profar will head back to Class AAA Round Rock when Ian Kinsler (intercostal) returns from the disabled list, according to manager Ron Washington.

Third Baseman

3B | Will Middlebrooks | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (back) is expected to come off the 15-day disabled list when he is eligible June 8. He has been dealing with a strained lower back. "Dry swings today," manager John Farrell said Wednesday, May 29. "He did some running outside. Even the last couple of days, he's been taking some throws on the infield and feels like things have really quieted down in his lower back. We feel like he's on schedule for that June 8 activation as well."

3B | Martin Prado | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Martin Prado (knee) fouled a ball off the inside of his left knee Monday, May 27, and he was expected to play Wednesday, May 29, before the game was rained out. Manager Kirk Gibson said Prado is expected to start Thursday, May 30.

3B | Trevor Plouffe | Minnesota Twins | Injury, Fantasy
Minnesota Twins 3B Trevor Plouffe (calf) was scratched from the lineup with left calf tightness Wednesday, May 29.

3B | Alex Liddi | Seattle Mariners | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Seattle Mariners are recalling 3B Alex Liddi from Triple-A Tacoma Wednesday, May 29, and optioning SP Brandon Maurer in a corresponding move.

3B | Michael Young | Philadelphia Phillies | Transaction, Fantasy
The Philadelphia Phillies placed 3B Michael Young on the bereavement list Wednesday, May 29, and recalled INF Cesar Hernandez from Triple-A Lehigh Valley in a corresponding move.


C | Dioner Navarro | Chicago Cubs | Fantasy
Chicago Cubs C Dioner Navarro hit three home runs in the game Wednesday, May 29, for the first time in his career. He drove in a career-high six runs in the victory over the Chicago White Sox and scored four times. He is the first player in team history to homer three times in a single game since former 3B Aramis Ramirez did it in 2010. Navarro doubled his home run total in the game and raised his average from .200 to .241 in the process.

C | Alex Avila | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers are working with C Alex Avila on his plate approach. They're ditching the toe tap and attempting to shorten his swing. He looked slightly more comfortable during action Tuesday, May 28.


OF | Matt Kemp | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Dodgers OF Matt Kemp (hamstring) left the game Wednesday, May 29, with a strained right hamstring. He'll undergo an MRI, but the team is calling it a mild strain. It's not the same hamstring that forced him to miss 51 games last season.

OF | Jackie Bradley | Boston Red Sox | Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Jackie Bradley is back with the big club, but he is not expected to be in the majors for very long. Bradley's role this time around will be coming off the bench. Bradley did not start Wednesday, May 29, against the Philadelphia Phillies, and manager John Farrell said Bradley wouldn't start Thursday, May 30, either. "Not at this point," Farrell said. "Now, when we get into New York, that could change based on the matchups we have there. Certainly left field in New York takes a different look, particularly the ground to cover out there. Fact is, we'd go back to one of the few parks he's been in, so there would also be some comfort level for him there."

OF | Shane Victorino | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy
Boston Red Sox OF Shane Victorino (hamstring) is making progress from his strained left hamstring injury, and he might be ready to start a minor-league rehab assignment this weekend. "The fact is, his baseball activity ramps up. He's feeling good," manager John Farrell said Wednesday, May 29. "He's swinging the bat. Ran today and things are moving in the right direction."

OF | Torii Hunter | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
Detroit Tigers OF Torii Hunter (elbow) was hit on the elbow by a pitch Wednesday, May 29, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and he had X-rays after the game. The X-rays were negative, but he was in a lot of pain.

OF | Carlos Quentin | San Diego Padres | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
Once San Diego Padres OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) is able to return from the 15-day disabled list, OF Carlos Quentin is expected to start as often as possible in left field, with OFs Chris Denorfia and Will Venable platooning in right field.

OF | Kyle Blanks | San Diego Padres | Injury, Depth Chart Tidbit, Fantasy
San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks is likely to see his playing time reduced when OF Cameron Maybin (wrist) returns from the 15-day disabled list. Blanks is also a candidate to be demoted to Triple-A Tucson, as he has an option remaining. OF Jesus Guzman also has an option remaining, and he is a candidate for demotion, too.

OF | Adam Eaton | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Adam Eaton (elbow) had an MRI last week, and it was reviewed by renowned Dr. James Andrews Tuesday, May 28, for a second opinion. Eaton has been on the 15-day disabled list all season with a strained left elbow.

OF | Gerardo Parra | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy
Arizona Diamondbacks OF Gerardo Parra (calf) was expected to return to the lineup Wednesday, May 29, against the Texas Rangers before that game was rained out. He left the game Monday, May 27, due to a left calf cramp, but is feeling much better. "He'll be ready to go tomorrow," manager Kirk Gibson said.

OF | Angel Pagan | San Francisco Giants | Injury, Fantasy
San Francisco Giants OF Angel Pagan (hamstring) received a cortisone shot Wednesday, May 29, and manager Bruce Bochy is hoping to have him available Friday, May 31. If not, Pagan could land on the disabled list.

OF | Josh Sale | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction
The Tampa Bay Rays suspended OF Josh Sale, their first-round pick in 2010, for conduct detrimental to the team Wednesday, May 29. He was suspended after bragging about his unruly behavior at a strip club. "Threw 50 cents at a stripper tonight. First time. Got kicked out and she got so (mad) thought she was gonna cry. You're a stripper. Be thankful," Sale posted. He had just finished up his 50-game suspension after testing positive for methamphetamine and an amphetamine. Sale was playing for Single-A Charlotte.

OF | Josh Reddick | Oakland Athletics | Injury, Fantasy
Oakland Athletics OF Josh Reddick (wrist) went 1-for-4 with two runs, a walk and a stolen base with Triple-A Sacramento Wednesday, May 29, and he's now 2-for-7 with five runs, two stolen bases and two walks in his two rehab games.

OF | Alex Llanos | Chicago White Sox | Transaction
The Chicago White Sox signed free-agent OF Alex Llanos (Royals) to a minor league deal Wednesday, May 29.

OF | Josh Hamilton | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Injury, Fantasy
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim OF Josh Hamilton (back) is back in the lineup Wednesday, May 29, after dealing with back spasms Tuesday, May 28.

OF | Charlie Blackmon | Colorado Rockies | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Colorado Rockies recalled P Rob Scahill from the minors Wednesday, May 29, and optioned OF Charlie Blackmon to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.

OF | Bryce Harper | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Bryce Harper (knee) remains out Wednesday, May 29, but 2B Danny Espinosa (wrist) is returning to the lineup.

OF | Jayson Werth | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals OF Jayson Werth (hamstring) is lined up to join Single-A Potomac on Wednesday, May 29. Werth participated in an extended workout at Nationals Park on Tuesday, May 28, taking soft toss, running the bases and doing batting practice, which included shagging fly balls. His return date, however, remains undetermined.

OF | Curtis Granderson | New York Yankees | Injury, Fantasy
New York Yankees OF Curtis Granderson (finger) underwent surgery Wednesday, May 29, to insert a pin into the broken knuckle on his left pinkie finger. General manager Brian Cashman said this won't affect Granderson's original timetable.

OF | Austin Jackson | Detroit Tigers | Injury, Fantasy
The Detroit Tigers don't plan to rush OF Austin Jackson (hamstring) back from the disabled list. On Tuesday, May 28, Jim Leyland said Jackson was "doing better" but that the team was uncertain when he'd start a rehab assignment. Jackson has been throwing and swinging a little in the batting cages. He hasn't done much on-field work, though.

Starting Pitcher

SP | Alex Wood | Atlanta Braves | Transaction, Fantasy
The Atlanta Braves called up SP Alex Wood from Double-A Mississippi. He'll pitch out of the bullpen.

SP | Roy Oswalt | Colorado Rockies | Injury, Fantasy,
Colorado Rockies SP Roy Oswalt allowed just one run and three hits over six innings while striking out six batters in his second rehab outing for Double-A Tulsa Wednesday, May 29.

SP | Alex Cobb | Tampa Bay Rays | Injury, Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Alex Cobb (fingernail) said Wednesday, May 29, that he has a small cut between the nail and finger, and it started bleeding during his last start. He was unable to throw offspeed pitching in the bullpen Wednesday, and he will not make his start Thursday, May 30. P Alex Colome will take his place.

SP | Matt Moore | Tampa Bay Rays | Fantasy,
Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore will make his next start Friday, May 31, against the Cleveland Indians, rather than Thursday, May 30, against the Miami Marlins. He gets an extra day to rest.

SP | Edinson Volquez | San Diego Padres | Injury, Fantasy,
San Diego Padres SP Edinson Volquez (finger) had been bothered by a blister on his pitching hand recently, but it was healed enough Tuesday, May 28, to allow him to throw more breaking pitches than the past several outings.

SP | Ian Kennedy | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Ian Kennedy (finger) is expected to make his next scheduled start Saturday, June 1, against the Chicago Cubs. He was scratched Monday, May 27, due to a laceration in his right index finger.

SP | Hyun-Jin Ryu | Los Angeles Dodgers | Injury, Fantasy,
Los Angeles Dodgers SP Hyun-Jin Ryu (foot) underwent X-rays on his foot Wednesday, May 29, and they came back negative.

SP | Kris Medlen | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Kris Medlen (calf) left his start early after suffering an upper left calf contusion Wednesday, May 29. He's expected to be able to make his next start.

SP | Jered Weaver | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim designated RP Mark Lowe for assignment Wednesday, May 29, to make room on the roster for SP Jered Weaver.

SP | Chris Sale | Chicago White Sox | Fantasy,
Chicago White Sox SP Chris Sale will stay on his normal schedule and start Sunday, June 2, instead of being moved up after throwing only two innings in the game that was called due to inclement weather Tuesday, May 28.

SP | Brandon Beachy | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) tossed five scoreless innings in his second rehab start with Single-A Rome Wednesday, May 29, allowing three hits while walking one and striking out three. Beachy's command has improved after walking three and throwing a wild pitch in four innings in his first rehab start. The Braves are targeting a return for Beachy June 18 against the New York Mets.

SP | John Lannan | Philadelphia Phillies | Injury, Fantasy,
Philadelphia Phillies SP John Lannan (knee) faced hitters during a simulated game Wednesday, May 29, and will pitch in extended spring training once more before going on a minor league rehab assignment June 6. SP Carlos Zambrano, who pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings with Single-A Clearwater Tuesday, May 28, will need at least three more starts before being considered for the major league roster. The team has been lukewarm on the reports of Zambrano. He can request his release by July 1 if he's not on the major league roster.

SP | Chris Carpenter | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Chris Carpenter (shoulder) threw around 25 pitches during a bullpen session Wednesday, May 29, and said he felt fine.

SP | Jake Westbrook | St. Louis Cardinals | Injury, Fantasy,
St. Louis Cardinals SP Jake Westbrook (elbow) will throw an intense bullpen session Thursday, May 30, after last throwing 40 pitches off the mound Monday, May 27. He felt good enough to cancel his visit with Dr. James Andrews. RP Fernando Salas (shoulder) hasn't resumed throwing and doesn't know when he'll be cleared to do so.

SP | Daniel Hudson | Arizona Diamondbacks | Injury, Fantasy,
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Daniel Hudson (elbow) allowed seven hits and four earned runs while walking one and striking out three in six innings (74 pitches) at extended spring training Wednesday, May 29, and he was up to 95 mph with his fastball.

SP | Clay Buchholz | Boston Red Sox | Injury, Fantasy,
Boston Red Sox SP Clay Buchholz (collarbone) felt more tightness in the AC joint near his collarbone after throwing a bullpen Wednesday, May 29, and he's unsure if he can start Friday, May 31, against the New York Yankees. Now, he won't pitch until at least Sunday, June 2, as a precaution. As a result, SP Franklin Morales will jump into the rotation and start Thursday, May 30, against the Philadelphia Phillies. Buchholz will throw off a mound again Thursday to test himself. The team hasn't yet considered putting him on the disabled list, which could be backdated to May 23.

SP | Chris Archer | Tampa Bay Rays | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Tampa Bay Rays recalled RP Alex Colome from the minors Wednesday, May 29, to help out their bullpen. The team will need another starter for Saturday, June 1, and SPs Alexander Torres and Chris Archer are the candidates.

SP | Alexi Ogando | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Alexi Ogando (triceps) will make a rehab start for Double-A Frisco Friday, May 31, and throw either five innings or 75 pitches.

SP | Colby Lewis | Texas Rangers | Injury, Fantasy,
Texas Rangers SP Colby Lewis (triceps, elbow) has been pulled off his rehab assignment with muscular elbow soreness. Lewis will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection to speed his recovery.

SP | Dylan Bundy | Baltimore Orioles | Injury, Fantasy,
Baltimore Orioles SP Dylan Bundy (forearm) has full range of motion in his right arm and has been pain-free for the last week. He will be re-evaluated by Dr. James Andrews Monday, June 3.

SP | Julio Teheran | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Fantasy,
Atlanta Braves SP Brandon Beachy (elbow) is scheduled to make three more minor league rehab starts, meaning he's on track to return to the rotation and start one of the games of a doubleheader against the New York Mets June 18.

SP | Martin Perez | Texas Rangers | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Texas Rangers optioned SP Martin Perez to Triple-A Round Rock Tuesday, May 28.

SP | Xavier Cedeno | Washington Nationals | Transaction, Fantasy,
The Washington Nationals recalled P Nathan Karns from the minors Tuesday, May 28, and optioned P Xavier Cedeno in a corresponding move.

SP | Ross Detwiler | Washington Nationals | Injury, Fantasy
Washington Nationals SP Ross Detwiler (back) won't return Sunday, June 2, his next scheduled run-through in the rotation. Nathan Karns will take his place.

Relief Pitcher

RP | Zach Putnam | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs recalled P Zach Putnam from Triple-A Iowa and optioned P Alex Burnett to Iowa.

RP | Michael Bowden | Chicago Cubs | Transaction
The Chicago Cubs outrighted RP Michael Bowden to Triple-A Iowa.

RP | Chad Gaudin | San Francisco Giants | Fantasy,
San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said RP Chad Gaudin will likely make the start Sunday, June 2.

RP | Ramon Ramirez | San Francisco Giants | Transaction, Fantasy,
The San Francisco Giants recalled RP Ramon Ramirez from Triple-A Fresno Wednesday, May 29, and optioned SP Michael Kickham to Fresno in a corresponding move.

RP | Jordan Walden | Atlanta Braves | Injury, Transaction, Fantasy,
The Atlanta Braves activated RP Jordan Walden (shoulder) from the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, May 29, and optioned RP Cory Rasmus to Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move. Walden is 1-1 with a 4.85 ERA in 14 outings this year.

RP | Jose Contreras | Pittsburgh Pirates | Injury, Transaction,
The Pittsburgh Pirates placed RP Jose Contreras (back) on the 15-day disabled list with lower back inflammation Tuesday, May 28, and recalled RP Bryan Morris in a corresponding move.

RP | Bruce Rondon | Detroit Tigers | Fantasy
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland said RP Bruce Rondon is "doing good, but he needs to stay" in at Class AAA Toledo right now. Rondon has 10 saves for the Mud Hens with an 0.48 ERA and a 21:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

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